How Tomatoes, Art and Music Make Nashville a Great Place to Live

Tomato Art Festival and Live on the GreenAfter having enjoyed those beautiful cool evenings and milder than normal July days, we are back in the hot and humid mid-summer. I, for one, appreciate the heat of summer which allows me to absorb the sun's rays and her vital vitamin D, turning my body a golden brown, and the opportunity to soak in the life force energy of Mother Earth, hoping to store and sustain me through the darker, reflective days of winter. I love the feel of the sweat pouring down my face and covering my body – ridding it of all the toxins after a morning run. To keep my feet motivated, I enter various 5k's throughout the year and the next one on my agenda is the Tomato Art Fest 5k on Saturday, August 9th at 7:30am. All proceeds go to help support the Annual Campaign at Margaret Maddox Family YMCA – such a stellar cause!

Nashville Tomato Art Festival

I had no idea how big The Tomato Art Fest had become! This festival was founded by Meg and Bret MacFadyen, owners of Art and Invention, 1106 Woodland Street, in 2004 to celebrate this wonderful fruit (or vegetable, depending upon one's point of view), which brings to mind the motto: "The Tomato – a uniter, not a divider – bringing together fruits and vegetables." The festival is located in the Historic 5 Points area in East Nashville and a percentage of the proceeds benefit Shelby Bottoms. Voted best festival from 2007 through 2013 by Nashville Scene Readers Poll – I am certain this year will not disappoint!

Pre-festivity events begin on August 6th with Tomato Story Time at Inglewood Library from 10:30 – 11:30 am. On August 7th a Tomato Art Fest Wine Supper and the King and Queen Contest will be held, with dinner starting at 6:30 and the contest at 8:00 at The Crying Wolf, 823 Woodland Street.

The Tomato Art Preview Party will be held at Art and Invention Gallery, 1106 Woodland Street on Friday, August 8th. For a mere $25.00 per ticket, you can preview the wonderful art by our local artists, dine on delicacies from Whole Foods and beverages by Tilted Palm.
A concert will be held on Friday night on 11th between Woodland and Holly Streets from 6:00 – 11:00pm featuring Chancellor Warhol, Buffalo Rocks and Majestico with FOOD TRUCKS GALORE!!!!.

Check out the contests and activities which take place all day Saturday:

Tomato King and Queen (actually Friday night), Tomato Haiku, Children's Art Contest, Faux Paw Fashion Show and Competition, Tomato Fairy and Elf, Bobbing for Tomatoes and Tomato Toss, Beautiful Tomato Pageant, Red Head Competition, Deep Eddy Vodka Bloody Mary Contest, Biggest-Littlest-Ugliest Tomato Contest, Recipe Contest, Cornhole Tournament and Rosepepper Homemade Salsa Contest.

Also on Saturday, following the 5k, don your best tomato fest costume and join the parade which starts at 1140 Woodland. Music and entertainment will take place from 11:00am – 8:30pm at the First Tennessee Main Stage on 11th Avenue and all the local vendors will be showing off their wonderful food and wares all day. I know I can't wait to enjoy the experience of a first timer at this great event. You can find out more and enter the 5k at their website – www.tomatoartfest.com and follow them on Facebook or Twitter!

Live on the Green Nashville

And now, for your musical entertainment during the dog days of summer, let's take a look at Live on the Green – Keep it Free, Keep it Local and Keep it Green!!!! This summer concert series is brought to you by Lightning 100 so you know the music will be stellar! For three glorious Thursday nights in August – the 14th, 21st and 28th, and a long September weekend – the 4th, 5th and 6th, downtown Nashville will be alive with music, food and all sorts of fun. Get yourself and your friends down to 1 Public Square, bring a big appetite and thirst and your party shoes!

Great food will be provided by Edley's Barbecue, Bacon and Caviar and Jeni's Ice Cream. Don't be surprised if several food trucks drive up as well. Craft beers and domestic beers on tap, wine and other libations will be served throughout the festival.

Now, for the line up!

Aug. 14 – Spanish Gold, The Weeks, City and Colour
Aug. 21 – Goodbye June, Wild Cub, The Head and the Heart
Aug. 28 – All Them Witches, The Features, Capital Cities

Sept. 4 – Johnnyswim, Delta Spirit, Cage the Elephant
Sept. 5 – Daniel Ellsworth and The Great Lakes, Augustana, G. Love and Special Sauce, The Wild Feathers
Sept. 6 – Phin, Sugar and the Hi-Lows, Ingrid Michaelson, LP, The Long Bellow, Jake Bugg

You can find out more about Live on the Green at their website – www.liveonthegreen.net or follow them on facebook at facebook.com/liveonthegreenfestival. You can also follow them on Twitter, You Tube, Instagram and Pinterest.
Stay tuned for more information on other great music festivals and fun family happenings in Nashville and the surrounding areas.

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